Press Release: CIJA Welcomes New Accountability Measures at York University

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June 2, 2020 

Press Release: CIJA Welcomes New Accountability Measures at York University

TORONTO, ON — Today, York University announced it will be introducing new policies and procedures that aim to ensure students can fully participate in campus life without harassment, intimidation, or violence.

The announcement follows an external review process launched after violent protests targeted a program run by a Jewish campus club. York University has accepted all of the recommendations put forward in the review process.

The recommendations include measures to enforce distance between protesters and campus events and to impose clear consequences for individuals and groups that do not comply with student codes of conduct. The independent review also called for the university to consider implementing enhanced security arrangements for campus events and adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism.

In response, Barbara Bank, CIJA Toronto Chair, issued the following:

“Today’s announcement by York University is a welcome step towards ensuring a healthy campus environment. CIJA firmly believes in the right to free expression and the exchange of ideas, but there is absolutely no place for the kind of intimidation and violence our community witnessed last November.

“CIJA was an active participant in the review process and we are pleased that nearly all of our recommendations are included in the final report. We will be working with York University alongside our campus partner, Hillel Ontario, to support the implementation of these recommendations.

“We thank President Rhonda Lenton for recognizing that York University is not immune from antisemitism, and her commitment to strengthen university policies and procedures to protect the campus community from abhorrent views and actions.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, including UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
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